I was browsing in a National Trust bookshop a couple of weeks ago and came across a book dedicated to Mug Crumbles – a crumble in a mug! I was hooked and have been trying out various recipes ever since. I loved the cake in a mug concept, so this is taking it to a ‘slightly’ healthier level and what better for an indulgent brekkie than a crumble.
This is my first own recipe attempt based heavily on some of the book suggestions – just a fabulous way to enjoy fruit and nuts at brekkie.
Apple, cardamom and pistachio Mug Crumble
For the filling
- 2 apples chopped into pieces (I left the skin on)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon caster sugar (other sugar is fine too)
For the crumble
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1 tablespoon ground pistachios
- 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
- 15g butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- pinch of salt
In a large mug, mix together the filling and cover the mug with cling film. Pierce the cling film a few times. Microwave for 1.5 – 2 minutes – the fruit should be soft but not really squishy. The fruit does cook down quite a bit – so there will be room for the crumble on top.
Make the crumble by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl and then rub in the butter with your fingers to make a soft dough like texture (like a soft crumble mixture).
Put this on top of the filling and cook in the microwave for 1 – 1.5 minutes (you don’t need to cover the mug).
Leave to cool a little before you get stuck in. Very nice with some yoghurt on top as well.
This bread is full of goodness and is a different way to incorporate buckwheat into your diet. The inspiration for this loaf came from a Buckwheat, banana and brazil nut bread recipe by Hanna Sillitoe from her book ‘Radiant’. I hadn’t thought of using buckwheat in this way before and I was intrigued. My intention was to bake her recipe but I didn’t have any bananas or brazil nuts in the house so I decided to experiment and one thing I do have ALOT of at the moment is rhubarb. The result is this mix of Buckwheat, Rhubarb, nuts and seeds.
BuckaRoo Brekkie Loaf
- 150g Buckwheat groats
- 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil (or coconut or olive oil)
- Pinch Salt
- 100g pitted dates – chopped
- 150g mix of nuts and seeds (I used almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 180g Rhubarb
- 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
- 100g oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Line a 450g loaf tin with baking paper.
- Wash the buckwheat and put into a pan with enough water to cover, a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Check the water – I needed to add a bit more during cooking to stop it sticking. Drain off any excess water and leave to cool.
- Cut the rhubarb into thin sticks (1cm thick and approx. 7cm long – check they fit into your loaf tin width ways) and toss with the coconut palm sugar.
- In a food processor blitz the dates, nuts and seeds, chia and flax seeds, oats and cinnamon until well combined. Add the buckwheat and maple syrup and blend until combined. The dough will be dry and coarse but will squish together.
- Line the bottom of the tin with half the sticks of rhubarb, then add half the bread mixture. Lay the other half of the rhubarb sticks on top. Finally add the rest of the bread mixture and firm down.
- Bake 180c/350f/Gas 4 for 40 minutes.
- Leave to cool slightly in the tin before removing and letting it cool completely.
Delicious with almond butter and banana. Also nice with a dollop of yoghurt on top.
Fresh, summery with a bit of zing – the perfect spring into summer overnight oats. I love mixing mango with ginger and coconut – the GMC combo, one of the perfect combos for summer. Try and save some mango for the decoration – just because it makes the whole dish look pretty and vibrant. A great breakfast to refuel after a morning run or walkies (my dog loves coconut flakes, so some of my extra flakes ‘accidently’ fall on the floor during preparation.)
GMC Overnight Oats
- 150ml coconut milk
- 40g porridge oats
- 1/2 mango diced (plus a bit extra sliced to serve)
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- A generous grating of ginger (a good 1cm piece or more if you’re a ginger fan)
Mix it all together and put in the fridge. Lovely with some sliced mango and an extra sprinkle of coconut on top
With a bumper crop of rhubarb still growing on the allotment and some time to bake – this mornings rather decadent breakfast was scones. Scones definitely work for breakfast, especially if they include fruit, however I didn’t think I could face the full cream tea so early in the day. Instead I had my scones with coconut yoghurt and some stewed rhubarb. I used Coyo Yoghurt which is thick and perfect as a healthy clotted cream substitute. Happy bank holiday!
Rhubarb & Ginger Scones (makes about 6-8 scones)
- 270g self raising flour
- pinch salt
- 50g caster sugar
- 50g unsalted butter – cold from the fridge and cut into small cubes
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon natural yoghurt
- 80ml milk
- A thumb size (or a bit larger) piece of fresh ginger (peeled)
- 100g raw rhubarb (diced)
- Extra flour for rolling out
- Sift the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl. Add the diced butter and rub in using your fingers until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the diced rhubarb.
- Blend the ginger, milk and yoghurt together in a blender. Then beat in the egg. Add this wet mixture to the dry using a flat palate knife and bring to a dough. The dough should be wet but not really sticky. If it is, then add a tiny bit more flour to take the stickiness off.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for a few seconds, then pat out the dough (or gently roller). Cut out rounds of the dough (about 3-4cm thick).
- Put on a baking tray (with some baking paper to stop any scones sticking). Sprinkle some flour over the top of the scones.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 220c/425f/Gas 7. The scones should look light brown on top and on the bottom, and sound hollow when you tap them on the bottom. Cool on a rack.
Still on the chocolate theme and this time it’s a dark chocolate granola which is decadent but oh so full of antioxidants with all that lovely cacao and not too sweet, in fact it’s more on the bitter side in a really good way. This is an oat free granola using just buckwheat and quinoa flakes. It’s the first time I’ve used buckwheat in granola and it gives a welcome nutty crunch and texture.
You need to store this in the fridge because of the chocolate content. I’ve been sprinkling it on yoghurt and fruit for brekkie.
Triple Choc Buck Granola
- 100g buckwheat
- 50g quinoa flakes
- 50g raw cacao
- 50g cacao nibs
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 50g hazelnuts (whole)
- 50g pecans (broken up)
- 50g coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 100g dried cranberries
- 25g finely grated dark chocolate
Mix the buckwheat, quinoa flakes, raw cacao, the nibs, cardamom and nuts in a bowl.
Melt the coconut oil in a pan and add the maple syrup. Pour this over the buckwheat mixture to coat it well. Spread this mixture onto a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes – stirring it up every 10 minutes. 170c/320f/Gas 4.
Take it out of the oven and mix through the cranberries and grated dark chocolate. Leave it to cool and then put it in a container in the fridge. Worth waiting for at least 30 minutes for it to really chill down in the fridge before you tuck in as it allows the chocolate to really harden up and clump it all up a bit.
If you haven’t yet been convinced to try an avocado chocolate recipe – I can assure you it’s good, really good. That lovely ripe avocado you have will blend up wonderfully with some cocoa powder and frozen banana (and a few other bits) and taste absolutely fabulous without any hint that you’re eating avocado and not a pure chocolate pud.
A great excuse to have chocolate pudding for breakfast.
Avo choc bowl
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon yoghurt (or milk of choice – if using milk add a bit at a time to ensure it doesn’t go too runny)
- Pinch cardamom
- 1/2-1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (or good quality cocoa powder) – I love chocolate but find that 1/2 a tablespoon is enough for me, you may like a bit more.
Blend everything together in a blender – you may have to wipe down the sides as there isn’t a lot of liquid to blend it quickly and you don’t want it too runny – think mousse consistency.
Sprinkle some grated chocolate to serve – any excuse to add more chocolate.
Yesterday I picked my first stick of rhubarb from the allotment. I have 3 plants and they are all growing really well again this year, so lots of rhubarb ahead for me and lots of experimenting to be done. This porridge is really simple and made in one pot – no extra stewing or cooking of rhubarb. You can vary the sugar based on your preference or leave it out completely for a slightly sharper taste. Personally I love porridge with a bit (sometimes a lot) of demerara.
Rhubarb, ginger & cardamom Porridge (serves one)
- 50g Oats
- 250ml coconut milk (or other milk)
- 2 teaspoons demerara sugar
- 1 stick of rhubarb – diced or cut into small slices.
- 2 cubes of crystallised ginger – diced finely
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Handful of blueberries
- Extra demerara sugar to sprinkle on top
Put all the ingredients (apart from the blueberries) into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 or so minutes until the rhubarb has gone soft and starting to mush into the mixture. Turn off the heat and stir through the blueberries – this ensures they keep their shape and just soften a tiny bit.
Serve with an extra sprinkle of demerara sugar for that added crunch.